March 21, 2021 | Vernal Equinox | Phoenix, Arizona
These are pictures taken as the Sun rose the other day at the spring equinox. Strictly speaking, the equinox fell on the previous day, March 20th this year. The 20th was Shabbat, so I was not taking photos. Sunday, the 21st, was the first opportunity that I had. Is there a noticeable difference? Not without precision instruments.
The first picture was taken about ten minutes before the astronomical sunrise, which was at 6:29 Mountain Standard Time. The other pictures range through about 7 AM as the sun finally peeked out above the ridge to the east of where I was standing.
The photos were taken with a point-and-shoot camera without a tripod or filters.
I cropped the pictures by using Microsoft Office Picture Manager.
I just received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is really A.V. time — after the vaccine. (See my post “B.V. and A.V.”) The vaccine is supposed to be fully effective in seven to ten days. But no vaccine is 100% effective, of course.
The only substantive change in my life is that I’m considering attending synagogue services for about twenty to thirty minutes. They’ve already asked me to help make up the minyan — quorum — for Passover mornings. (The first day of Passover is Sunday, March 28, 2021. The holiday begins the night before with the first Seder.)
I don’t want to breathe shared air for too long. It seems that the unvaccinated body can handle breathing in a few viruses. All the more so someone who had a vaccine. But twenty minutes is the recommended duration indoors among people who haven’t been vaccinated, which includes the youngish rabbi.
We’ll be masking and keeping our distance, but distancing is not possible if I stand with three others around the Torah scroll when it’s being read.
So we’ll see.
Instead of getting bent out of shape over a decision, I’m going to have a cup of hot tea with sugar.
~ holding stories lightly – Taking the story of your life seriously, but holding it lightly. In other words, don’t be convinced that there will be nothing new in your life.
“When we tell our stories, it’s best to hold them lightly and leave room and space for change, growth, revision, and perspective. When we do this, we have affirmed who we are now and have not anchored ourselves to that point. We have left the reality-based option open so that our story can change as we change.” “Can you tell all your stories and not hold them too tightly? Can you let them grow, evolve, and in some cases, release them?”
“We try to see the world as it is with equanimity instead of craving and fixation. Equanimity — the balance that is born of wisdom — reminds us that what is happening in front of us is not the end of the story, it is just what we can see. Instead of being frightened of change, with equanimity, we can see its benefits and put our daily existence in a broader context. The hope resides in the certainty of relief not in specific outcomes, like getting exactly what we want; the hope comes from the way things actually are in this universe: This too shall pass.”–
On a walk the other day, I came across a javalina (peccary) family crossing this busy street. I took this photo a 8 AM, a full hour and ten minutes after sunrise. Javalinas are noctural, so by sunrise they would ordinarily be in their nest in a wild secluded area. They were indeed headed in that direction.
I can only suggest that they were confused by the heavily overcast sky.